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Internet instigators are organising protests and campaigns using social media and other internet tools and apps to promote their causes. Nina Robinson explores the methods used by activists to create online communities, spearheaded by their charismatic and authentic personalities and hard-hitting visual content.
Israel and Palestine
How did the relationship between Israel and Palestine reach its current point? Jeremy Bowen talks to Anu Anand about the backstory behind the headlines.
Coronavirus: Europe’s unvaccinated
The World Health Organisation has been sounding the alarm about the path of the pandemic in Europe, as Covid infections and deaths continue to rise across parts of the continent. Affected countries are listening and responding: mandatory vaccines, vaccine passports and movement restrictions on the unvaccinated are dominating the debate in several European countries. In this episode we bring together people who are resisting or refusing to get the jab.
Migrant crossings to the UK
France and Britain are caught up in disagreements over who needs to do what to stop any more people dying on small boats crossing between the two countries. 27 people were killed in the English Channel on Wednesday, hoping to migrate to the UK. Even after the tragedy, people continue to attempt the dangerous journey in unsafe dinghies. Ros Atkins looks into this political and humanitarian issue
Reaching for the sky
Memory Sidira is buzzing with excitement as she talks about what she is learning during her course at Malawi’s Drone and Data Academy - the first of its kind in Africa. The Academy’s aim is to build local expertise for Malawi’s expanding drone industry and to teach young Africans from across the continent 21st Century skills in drone flight and data analysis. Ruth Evans hears how drones are inspiring young Africans like Memory to reach for the sky.
Regarding the pain of others
BBC special correspondent Allan Little addresses the gulf between the reality of war and our ability to comprehend it from afar. His mission as a reporter has been to convey the experiences of people in the midst of war, to draw attention to injustices; to celebrate acts of heroism. So what stops us the listener or viewer, from engaging? Inspired by the philosopher Susan Sontag's essay.
The podcasts are almost every time informative and well researched, but on some politically delicate matters you can definitely spot biased views, for example in the podcast silent wounds.
I know it's a journalistic habit deeply trained, to begin & to string a topos along with personal histories, subjective experiences, on-site-"it's really happening!"s, to add flesh to a story, to make personal contact with aufience experience. Alas, all this favouring anecdotes results in driving the audience apart in reducing facts & issues about the world to experiences, which are met by other, divergent, opposite experiences, & what remains is "so sorry this happened to you, but it didn't to me, so let me go on with my reality" subjectivisms. History is not stories.
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